Authorities in New York City are now investigating a new outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx. At least 100 residents of the South Bronx have taken ill with the disease, including 2 deaths linked to the outbreak. These cases have primarily been located in four specific neighborhoods: High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point, and Mott Haven.
So far, two potential sources have tested positive for Legionella bacteria, but city officials have identified and are in the process of testing another 20 potential sources throughout the area. The presence of Legionella bacteria has been confirmed so far in cooling towers at Lincoln Hospital and at the Concourse Plaza shopping mall.
Signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include coughing, diarrhea, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle aches, and headaches. These symptoms usually manifest within the first two weeks following exposure to the bacteria. Local health officials are urging residents experiencing any of these symptoms to seek immediate medical attention.
The attorneys at Cory Watson have been actively involved in investigating the outbreak in Co-op City as well as other outbreaks across the country.
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